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Post by JohnW » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:07 pm

This was the worst I have seen, it was on a Dutton Sierra (Escort based like the Ranger), the previous owner (for 24 years) was a mechanical engineer, but was no good with electrics. a secondhand loom cured all the electrical gremlins.

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Post by LeeSample » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:19 am

Man! That IS worse than mine :o. Scary stuff mate!

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Post by JohnW » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:59 am

The Sierra was bad electrically, I hate Scotchlocks, it was forever having electrical gremlins, but the S/H loom sorted it.

My Ranger is not too bad now, but I have added quite a few extra's as I have progressed, only have the rear washer & boot light left to add, once that's all done, I will be redoing every thing with a extra fuse box instead of the inline fuses I have fitted, plus getting all the extra relays in proper sockets etc.

John

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Post by JohnW » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:04 am

Had a couple of problems in the last week.

Firstly the engine died about a mile from home, the points had closed up to virtually no gap, I had fitted a new genuine Motorcraft dizzy about 2 months ago, the points were set on the bench & the screw was tight, so the nylon cam must have worn, all a bit odd. I was thinking of converting to Electronic ignition, could not get my hands on a Ford Valencia engine dizzy & a bit concerned about the reliability of the £30 conversions, hence I stuck with points.

Then yesterday the throttle cable broke ! Luckily I was just about to leave home, so no great problem.

Hope things don't come in three's.

John

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Post by PeterS » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:29 pm

I had a recurring points problem on my old Anglia van where they kept closing up for no apparent reason which turned out to be the fault of the Sports coil I had recently fitted which produced too strong a spark which after a mile or so melted the plastic part of the points. I would leave it a few minutes and as the plastic hardened the engine would start and be drivable again for another mile or so. It was a very frustrating problem to find but easy enough to solve.

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Post by JohnW » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:37 pm

It is the original coil which has been on there for many years. It may have been the grease was too old to stop the heal from wearing, according to a mechanic friend. The "new" dizzy was a new old stock one which could have been 30+ years old, so the grease that was on it may not have done its job. Will regrease tomorrow.

Jon

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Post by JamesF » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:46 pm

Condensers.... ugh. I think these days there are few that are the original quality adequate for reliable motoring. I have found that the TAC system offers the best reliability - I've made up Velleman units which are known for reliability and have been available for about 30 years now.



My experience of electronic ignition were disasters; Newtronic-Piranha, SimonBBC - Lumenition Optronic and Magnetronic, Ignitor more reliable but still have problems.

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Post by JohnW » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:26 pm

Well I've finally taken the plunge & fitted electronic ignition. I have used a re-manufactured Bosch Dizzy which has the ignition amplifier screwed onto the dizzy & needs 3 wires. This type of dizzy was OE on Fiesta & Escorts with Kent X/flow engines from the mid 80's.

I decided to go this way as I have heard many stories of after market conversions failing after a couple of years & hope what was Ford OE equipment will be more reliable. I have a new spare Ignition amplifier, rotor arm & Dizzy cap to carry as spares after my previous problems with Dizzy's.

Surprisingly straightforward job, had to change the coil for a non ballasted one & run a new 12V wire from the ignition switch, so the ballast was bypassed, then just an earth & a wire from each side of the coil to the ignition amplifier.

I have read concerns that the advance curve may not be suitable for a 1600 X/flow, but the engine is pulling well at all speeds, better than it was before, my engine is standard, but a tuned one may have problems with the advance curve.

Another bonus was that I could fit a side entry dizzy cap, which makes routing the plug leads a bit easier as not touching the inlet manifold.

John

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Post by JohnW » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:51 am

Latest saga is that I replaced the front discs & wheel bearings, then decided as the weather was OK it was time to replace the gearbox & clutch, which I had been putting off since last year. I had a gearbox from an Ebay seller, which had about 15 years use, compared to mine with 35 years use, I replaced a few gaskets & the rear oil seal, cleaned it & painted it last year. Fitting was a bit of a hassle as my "assistant" while owning a classic Cooper S has now mechanical experience. Everything eventually went back together OK, but it would only engage 1st. & 2nd. gears, the gear stick ball thing had previously been bodged using some lino under the ball, so whilst away last week, we purchased a new quickshift gear stick from http://www.motorsport-tools.com/ in Pwllheli, as we could check the one for a Rocket box was the same as a type 2, which it was. So easy job fit the new gear stick & it should be fine. After getting home & unpacking, time to get the new gear stick fitted, but it was still the same, after a lot of head scratching I found I had put the lid on the gearbox the wrong way round, thankfully the is enough clearance to remove & refit correctly under the Ranger & hey presto it all worked fine, took it out for a quick test drive & everything was great, the vibration I had suffered had gone, so it was all worthwhile.

Then 1st. time out in the Ranger the exhaust fell off whilst doing 70 ona dual carriageway, the flange on the exhaust manifold was weak & the clamp had pulled off, so next job is to try & repair the manifold.

John (very fed up)

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Post by PaulG » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:45 pm

John,

Think of it as an opportunity to fit a four branch manifold and gain a bit more power :). Good news on the gearbox at least 8-).

Paul

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